Cinnamon (Maplet)

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This is the entry for cinnamon from Maplet's A Greene Forest.

Of the Cinamon.

The Cinamon shoteth forth out of a young set of spring in the bignesse about two Cubits. It groweth in Indie and Arabia, as Theophrast mentioneth, and is called Cinamon, for that it hath his top as it were folded or plaited. It is of ashie and duskie colout: his Leafe is like to wilde Maioram. It never smelleth till it be throughly drie. It groweth amongst Briers and verie hard Rocks, and is gathered with much paine and difficultie. In Fables we find that this fruit is found in the Phoenix Nest. Theophrast sayth, that is of the best goodnesse which is next to the twiggs and top, and that is lesse good, which is next to the roote.